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Posts for: September, 2018

September 17, 2018
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The flu season is soon to be back, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has published their updated recommendations for flu vaccination for the year. Here are some of the major takeaways:

  • Everyone over the age of 6 months of age should receive an influenza vaccine, as soon as it is available (for NAP patients, that will be in the next 1-2 weeks)
  • The injectable flu shot continues to be the most effective form of vaccination. While there is limited availability of the live attenuated nasal spray (Flumist) this year, both the AAP and NAP recommend getting the injectable shot as it has proven effectiveness whereas Flumist has been ineffective in past years. In situations where the child refuses the shot, we can consider giving the nasal vaccine. Children under 2 and with certain medical conditions such as persistent asthma cannot receive the nasal flu vaccine.
  • Children under the age of 9 who have not received the flu vaccine in the past, or only have received one vaccine, will need to get two vaccines, spaced one month apart, to be protected
  • The flu vaccine has proven effectiveness against serious complications of influenza. 80-85% of the 180 pediatric deaths from influenza last year were in children who had not been vaccinated. 50% of the pediatric deaths occurred in children without underlying risk factors such as asthma or diabetes.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page or watch your e-mail for information on when our flu vaccine clinics will be scheduled. We will have many convenient times during the day, after school, and on weekends, so that you can come in to get your children vaccinated.

September 17, 2018
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This summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations on car seat safety. In particular, they have recommended that all infants and children should sit in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, until they have reached the height/weight limits of the seat. (Previously, the AAP had recommended switching to forward facing at 2 years of age)|

The AAP also confirmed the following recommendations:

  • Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more. 
  • When children exceed these limits, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old. 
  • When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
  • All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

More information can be found in the AAP's press release on their statement and more details about car seat safety in general can be found at the website.

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